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VIRGINIA TRIOLI: The Health Minister, Tony Abbott, has taken issue with the editing of comments he
made at the candidates forum earlier this week.

Lateline believes the Minister was not taken out of context. But in the interests of clarity, here
is the unedited version of what was available exclusively to Lateline last night.

TONY ABBOTT: I accept that certain 'protections', in inverted commas, are not what they were. That
whole raft of regulation expressed in awards that sometimes ran to hundreds, even thousands of
pages... I accept that that has largely gone. I accept that. I accept that the Industrial Relations
Commission doesn't have the same power to reach into the nook and cranny of every business that it
used to have. I accept that.

But in the end, the best protection for the worker who feels he or she might be under pressure at
his job is the chance of another job, the chance of a better job.

That is the best protection, not going off to some judge or industrial commission that might order
your employer, who you don't like and he doesn't like you, to keep you in an unhappy partnership
forever.

So, look, that is the best protection that we can give people, the protection of an abundance of
jobs, the protection of an economy which is crying out for more workers. That's the best protection
and I think that has been delivered in spades, locally and nationally.